A Study of Major Political Thinkers in France from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century from Absolutism to Socialism (Studies in French Civilizati

A Study of Major Political Thinkers in France from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century from Absolutism to Socialism (Studies in French Civilizati

By: Nigel Addinall (author)Hardback

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The subject of this book is the development of political ideas in France, examining the justification of Absolute Monarchy in the Seventeenth century, its rebuttal by the Eighteenth century "philosophes" in the name of the freedom of the individual, the reaction in turn by the nineteenth century "liberals" against their ideas which they considered led not to freedom but to oppression, the development in turn of socialism which perceived "liberalism" as promoting the freedom only of the rich and powerful few and finally a return to Monarchist ideas in the early Twentieth century as the only solution to the problems caused by the so-called sovereignty of the people. The Conclusion illustrates how many of these ideas are still echoed by French politicians in the present era of the Fifth Republic.

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Dr. Nigel Addinall received his doctorate from the University of Reading and a Licence es Lettres from the University of Bordeaux while teaching there. He currently teaches in the French Department at the University of Wales, Swansea.

Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The Rise of Absolutism; 2. The Fall of Absolutism and the Age of the Enlightenment; 3. Robespierre and the French Revolution; 4. Benjamin Constant and the Rise of Liberalism; 5. Proudhon's Brand of Socialism; 6. Maurras; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/08/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780773465299
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9780773465299
  • ISBN10: 0773465294

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